The origin, content and authenticity of the dramatic videos has faced significant scrutiny during their circulation online over the years. A US Navy spokesman revealed to declassified document library The Black Vault how “the Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)”. And another statement confirmed the service had extended that designation to three videos made public in the last two years, dubbed “Go Fast”, “FLIR1” and “Gimbal”, according to Vice.
Some of the footage, an unknown object was seen to accelerate at apparently impossible speeds – “like nothing I’ve ever seen”, one pilot said.
Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis
Naval operations spokesman Joseph Gradisher
Other videos show the bizarre objects perform manoeuvres exceeding the capabilities of current American aircraft technology.
The US Navy unveiled new ways for its pilots to report UAP encounters earlier this year, which it acknowledged had become increasingly common.
Joseph Gradisher, spokesman for office of the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, the same spokesman who made the most recent statements on UAPs, said in April: “Since 2014, these intrusions have been happening on a regular basis.
“We want to get to the bottom of this. We need to determine who’s doing it, where it’s coming from and what their intent is.
“We need to try to find ways to prevent it from happening again.”
In a 2017 New York Times interview, retired US Navy commander David Fravor described a 2004 encounter with a UAP that left him “pretty weirded out”.
The baffling 40ft (12m) oval object “accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen” after the pilot approached the craft in his F/A-18F Super Hornet.
A navy cruiser had been following the object and Cmdr Fravor encountered it hovering a short distance above the sea, over a “boiling” disturbance in the waves.
After it disappeared Cmdr Fravor and his colleague were ordered to fly to another area 60 miles distant – but were told the craft had beaten them to it before they had travelled one-third of the distance.
When the pair of pilots finally arrived at the location, the object had disappeared.
The New York Times reported Cmdr Fravor’s account related to one of the three videos recently addressed by the Navy.
Another video, which we now know the date of due to The Black Vault’s information request, was shot on January 21, 2015.
This shows another anomalous aerial vehicle rotating while onlooking pilots discuss how strange the object is.
Months later, former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy organisation, released another video showing an object speed over the surface of the water.
This third video was also recorded on January 21, 2015 fuelling ideas the two videos shot that day depict the same object.
John Greenwald, author and curator of The Black Vault told Vice: ““I very much expected that when the US military addressed the videos, they would coincide with language we see on official documents that have now been released, and they would label them as ‘drones’ or ‘balloons.
“However, they did not. They went on the record stating the ‘phenomena’ depicted in those videos, is ‘unidentified’.
“That really made me surprised, intrigued, excited and motivated to push harder for the truth.”
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